In this comprehensive guide, Elite Traveler picks the 13 best hotels in New York.
New York is home to some truly stunning hotels. Many of the most luxurious chains have placed their flagship properties here, and for good reason – it is undoubtedly one of the greatest cities in the world.
Whether you are looking for a stunning suite overlooking Central Park or a luxurious retreat in Downtown, New York has the hotel for you.
Park Hyatt New York
One of the latest arrivals in New York’s luxury hotel scene, Park Hyatt New York perfectly mixes classic elegance with contemporary style. It is ideally located directly across from Carnegie Hall and one block away from Central Park.
All of its 210 rooms and suites come with heated-natural stone flooring and marble bathtubs. Rooms are also fitted with Bang and Olufsen sound systems, another indication of the hotel’s modernity.
Guests have access to the on-site Spa Nalai. The urban retreat offers a luxury approach to beauty and wellness. The hotel’s dining option is The Living Room, which has been designed to emulate a trendy New York apartment.
Top Suite: The Royal Suite
The Royal Suite is located high enough to offer partial views of Central Park from its floor-to-ceiling windows. The 2,300-square-foot space exudes sophistication and glamour while premium amenities such as complimentary spa treatments and daily breakfast are included.
Tel: +1 646 774 1234
Four Seasons Hotel New York
One of Manhattan’s tallest hotels offers guests much more than panoramic views. Here you will find a friendly and knowledgeable concierge service, the stylish Garden restaurant and Ty Bar.
Rising above Park and Madison Avenues, the Four Seasons New York is exceptionally well located for shopping and business in midtown Manhattan. Attention to detail can be found throughout and every comfort is catered to, right down to the bathtubs that fill in 60 seconds.
Top Suite: Ty Warner Penthouse
Touting a renovation price tag of more than $50 million, this 4,300-square-foot expanse offers nine rooms, a 360-degree panorama of the city below and four French doors revealing a view of Central Park that is almost surreal in its perfection. Soaring 500 feet above Manhattan, guests of the enjoy panoramic views from the suite’s four cantilevered glass balconies, the highest in the world.
As impressive as the décor are the personal butler, personal therapist and personal chauffeur for unlimited travel in a luxury vehicle. Every element of this space is breathtaking and constitutes a catalog of the world’s most exceptional materials. The suite’s private spa can be converted into a second bedroom upon request.
Tel: +1 212 758 5700
The Aviary at Mandarin Oriental / ©MandarinOriental
This hotel strives to redefine luxury in every way, whether through its five-star VIP Spa Suite, the exclusive ‘Pampered By Appointment’ concierge service, or the breathtaking views of Central Park and the Hudson River.
These vistas provide a truly breathtaking backdrop to the hotel’s suites and signature restaurant Asiate. It is also home to one of New York’s newest culinary hotspots, The Aviary. It is the latest restaurant from genius chef Grant Achatz, a six-time winner of Elite Traveler’s Top 100 Restaurants with Alinea.
Located at the southwest corner of Central Park, the Mandarin Oriental is closely located to two of the city’s best restaurants, Per Se and Masa, making it the go-to destination for gourmands.
Top Suite: Suite 5000
Located on the hotel’s 50th floor, Suite 5000 offers stunning panoramic views across New York from its floor-to-ceiling windows. The space has been designed to display the best of the city’s finest art, fashion and design. Featuring three king bedrooms, the 3,300-square-foot suite feels every bit like a contemporary New York apartment.
The art on the walls is changed regularly and an iPad is provided so guests can learn more about the works. They are also available to purchase for the right price. Although everything about this suite is state-of-the-art, the suite comes with an old-school record player and a diverse vinyl collection assembled by the cult shop Academy Records to celebrate the city’s rich musical history.
Tel: +1 212 805 8803
The Baccarat Hotel
The Baccarat Hotel and Residences opened in 2015 and was the first from the legendary French crystal brand. Despite their apparent lack of experience in hotels, it has quickly become one of New York’s most glamorous destinations. Located in Midtown across from the MoMA, it is ideal for those wanting to visit the cultural gems of the city such as the Met and Guggenheim. Each of the hotel’s 114 rooms come with custom-made Mascioni jacquard bedding.
As you would expect from Baccarat, there are stunning examples of their crystal work throughout the hotel and around 15,000 in total across its 12 floors. Its pièce de résistance is the Harcourt Wall, made of 1,841 glasses and lit by LEDs. It produces a spectacular light show that greets guests as they first enter the hotel.
Top Suite: The Baccarat Two-Bedroom Suite
This 2,190-square-foot suite conjures the alchemy of modern-day Paris through a Baccarat lens. The walls are adorned with original works of art from the company’s private collection and glowing crystal sconces. The master bedroom comes with a four-post king-sized bed, a walk-in closet and an expansive bathroom with a freestanding tub. The living and dining room area features two stunning Baccarat chandeliers, making it a glamorous location for entertaining guests.
Tel: +1 866 957 5139
Four Seasons New York Downtown
Once upon a time, Downtown Manhatten was the exclusive haunt of city slickers in pin-striped suits. A lot has changed in recent years and now the financial district now much more of a thriving hub of culture, dining and shopping.
Four Seasons New York Downtown certainly hosts its fair share of bankers, but it is also ideally placed for those wishing to explore the trendy borough of Tribeca.
The hotel itself is housed in a modern skyscraper built in the style of the 1920s. Inside you find 189 high-ceilinged rooms and suites and a host of amenities including a 75-foot swimming pool.
Renowned chef Wolfgang Puck’s only Manhatten restaurant, CUT, is located on the ground floor. The restaurant buzzes with the sound of highly-charged business talk at breakfast and lunch and is popular with local Wall Street executives.
Top Suite: Royal Suite
This expansive suite takes up half of the hotel’s 24th floor. Guests are welcomed into the suite by an art installation and the dining area is large enough to host up to 10 people. The 2,400-square-foot suite also has a media room fitted with state-of-the-art technology for games and movie nights.
Tel: +1 646 880 1999
The only New York City hotel to be designated a National Historic Landmark, The Plaza is an iconic destination that boasts the largest guest room square footage in New York.
Within the grand façade, guests can choose from an array of culinary delights including The Palm Court, The Champagne Bar, The Oak Room and The Plaza Food Hall by Todd English. Adding to the hotel’s charm is Eloise at The Plaza, a shop dedicated to the hotel’s most famous six-year-old resident, and the Guerlain Spa, featuring a wine lounge unique to The Plaza.
Top Suite: Royal Plaza Suite
An archetypal palatial accommodation, this three-bedroom suite is packed with an array of social and private rooms, each teeming with rich furnishings and fabrics that showcase a revolving art exhibition in partnership with Christie’s.
The suite is fully equipped for entertaining with its own butler’s pantry, state-of-the-art kitchen and the option to retain the services of a personal chef throughout your stay. For guests’ privacy, the suite has its own elevator and in-suite gym.
Tel: +1 212 546 5203
The St. Regis New York
The flagship property of this prestigious brand, The St. Regis New York reigns supreme in the heart of Manhattan.
Impeccable butler service, luxurious amenities and sensational dining options await you in one of the city’s most historic buildings.
Top Suite: Presidential Suite
The height of elegance, this three-bedroom suite has previously accommodated celebrity guests such as Salvador Dalí and Marilyn Monroe. The marble foyer leads to a dining room that seats eight, as well as a beautiful walnut-paneled library.
The oak floors and period furniture lend this suite the aura of a country home rather than that of a city residence, but breathtaking views of Fifth Avenue confirm that you’re in one of the most prestigious locations in Manhattan.
Tel: +1 212 753 4500
The Peninsula New York
Salon de Ning at the Peninsula
Right on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 55th Street, this century-old grand landmark building cannot be missed.
Inside, you’ll encounter nothing but luxury and sophistication throughout the hotel – staff at The Peninsula famously cater to guests’ every need, from dog walking to gift buying. Salon de Ning, the hotel’s rooftop bar, is one of the finest of its kind in Manhattan with a backdrop of famous Fifth Avenue.
Top Suite: The Peninsula Suite
Located on the 19th floor overlooking Fifth Avenue and 54th Street, this two-bedroom suite feels like the ultimate Manhattan penthouse apartment — complete with a jacuzzi, a grand piano and a 10-seat dining room table.
It is packed with luxurious amenities, including Fili D’oro linens, Davi bath amenities and a state-of-the-art sound system. Of course, the hotel’s famed porters are always on hand to assist guests with every request.
Tel: +1 212 956 2888
One of the tallest buildings in New York City, this hotel challenges its rival five-star hotels in luxury, style and service.
Opened in 2010 in a skyscraper to rival others in New York City’s skyline, The Langham Hotel, formerly The Setai, boasts some of the most spacious rooms in Manhattan.
Top Suite: Roch Bobois Penthouse
Each suite has floor-to-ceiling windows looking directly onto the Empire State Building. Outfitted with custom-designed furniture and meticulously chosen fixtures and amenities, the suites boast Duxiana beds, Pratesi linens and a marble-clad bath. Guests enjoy access to a personal assistant well versed in navigating the city.
Tel: +1 212 613 8733
The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park
The Royal Suite / ©Ritz-Carlton
Overlooking 843 acres of its namesake park, The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park holds one of the most prestigious addresses in Manhattan. It is mere moments away from the famed Fifth Avenue shopping thoroughfare, the Museum of Modern Art and the Lincoln Center.
Inside, you will find old world wood-paneled walls showcasing modern art from the hotel’s specially-commissioned collection. Attention has been given to every aspect of luxury throughout, from the meticulously sourced ingredients at the hotel’s all-day gastro lounge Contour to the world-class spa La Prairie, which offers exclusive treatments from the legendary Swiss skincare line.
Top Suite: The Royal Suite
There’s plenty to please the aesthete in this suite, including sweeping views of Central Park, original artwork and stunning floral arrangements by the hotel’s in-house florist.
Guests have the option of increasing the size of the suite from two to four-bedrooms by combining it with the Avenue Suite and a Deluxe Room. A personal butler is also available upon request.
Tel: +1 212 308 9100
This is a hotel of understated luxury. It is the go-to place to stay when you wish to keep a low profile yet still benefit from opulent surroundings and world-class service. Located in Tribeca, the hotel is located in a trendy neighborhood, which is reflected by the hotel’s regular guests.
These are not the biggest rooms in the city but more effort has gone into their style than any other. Furnishings have been scoured from across the globe whether that means a silk rug from Tibet, stunning hand-laid Moroccan tiles or the finest Italian marble.
The hotel’s Shibui Spa is widely considered to be among the best in the city while its on-site Locanda Verde restaurant blends the finest of French brasserie cuisine with Italian home cooking.
Top Suite: Tribeca Penthouse
Created by Belgian designer Axel Vervoordt and Japanese architect Tatsuro Miki, this 6,800-square-foot suite is one of the biggest in the city and undoubtedly the most stylish. The design incorporates the beliefs of Wabi, which finds beauty in imperfection. What it lacks in precious materials, it certainly makes up for in spirit.
Tel: +1 212 941 8900
Built in the 1920s in the skyscraper boom, The Pierre has become a landmark of New York’s Fifth Avenue. The iconic hotel reopened in 2007 following a $100million refurbishment and has been considered one of New York’s finest five-star hotels ever since.
The 189 rooms and suites each have their own significant history and his specially designed to showcase its heritage. The hotel’s signature restaurant Perrine in NYC offers seasonal outdoor dining overlooking Central Park while the E Bar serves one of the city’s best afternoon teas. The residential-style lobby lounge also transforms into a striking Art Deco Bar at night and boasts a drinks menu to rival any of the city’s cocktail bars.
Top Suite: The Presidential Suite
Also known as the Tata Suite, this 39th-floor space offers incredible Manhatten views stretching to Geroge Washington Bridge and beyond. Murano glass chandeliers sparkle throughout the property’s living room, dining room and polished marble bathrooms. It can also be combined with other suites to offer six bedrooms and one key, creating a completely private rental of the floor.
Tel: +1 866 969 1825
Bold design and a playful spirit give The Mark its distinct identity, but we love the family-friendly, bespoke experiences available. Have a picnic prepared by resident chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten Central Park or see New York Harbor aboard the Mark Sailboat. The hotel even has its own bespoke bicycles, available to guests who wish to self-power their way around Central Park. For those wishing to explore New York’s world-class shopping, hop in the hotel’s Pedicab and let it take you to the best addresses on the Upper East Side. The iconic Bergdorf Goodman is also open 24/7 exclusively for The Mark Hotel’s guests.
Top Suite: The Penthouse Suite
Spread across two floors, this 12,000-square-foot, five-bedroom apartment offers an oasis above the city, with a skylighted pavilion and 2,500-square-foot roof terrace overlooking Central Park. French interior designer Jacques Grange injected modern grandeur into each room, from the 24-seat dining room to the living room with grand piano.
Tel: +1 212 744 4300